Running has many benefits and it is among the most popular exercises in the world – everyone can do it, it can be done practically anywhere and the only gear you need is a good pair of shoes. Running helps your heart become stronger, legs become more muscular and overall fitness improves.
However, most of the people usually run alone, since marathons are only held in certain times of year and not everyone can find a running partner and as you probably already know – doing anything alone can become boring – especially exercising. The problem is that when an exercise becomes boring, we easily lose our motivation and it makes us eventually stop with that exercise.
The good news is that this can be changed – you just have to make your runs more fun and interesting. Here are our tips that can help you spice up your runs:
Find some hills for your running routine
People who usually run on treadmill or a track can easily get bored with it – the ideal thing is to go to a run outside with some hills. If you can’t find a local trail with a few hills, you can use online tools or mobile phone apps that track elevation (mapmyrun is one of them) and go for a run that will not only challenge your body, but also increase your overall cardio fitness.
Add some new tunes to your playlist
Runners say that there is nothing worse than hearing the same playlist or even the same song while running. If you feel that you’re always listening to the same song, it is time to change that playlist – and not just a couple of song – change the whole playlist.
Try interval training
If you feel bored every time when you go out on a regular run, you can try interval training – it is ideal for people who have short attention span and it is quite simple – first you do a warm up session (up to 5 minutes) and then you alternate running fast for 30 seconds and then jogging slowly 1 minute. You can repeat this as many times as you like – just don’t forget to include a 5-minute cool-down at the end.
Find a running partner
Everything seems easier when you are doing it with someone and in this case it is a simple way to turn boring runs into someone that you will look forward to. First, check with your family and friends, it may be that someone has just decided to lead a healthy life and if there is no one – you can always rely on your dog – they always like to run!
Change your route
One of the things that even makes experienced runners less motivated is always running on the same route. Luckily for you, this can easily be changed – instead of going for a run around your block, you could visit the nearest park.
Improve your form
This is not the most amusing way to make your runs more interesting, but it can help you – it doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or a seasoned runner – you can always improve your form, so when you go on the next run just focus on your form and you will see how fast your run is going to end!